With week 7 in the books, the 2013 Heisman Watch has a new look this week, featuring a Pac-12 running back making his top 5 debut. Here’s the updated list:
5. Bishop Sankey, Washington:
The junior running back makes his debut in the top 5 thanks to a standout performance against the no. 2 Oregon Ducks this weekend. Sankey rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and is now the nation’s leading rusher with 899 yards and nine touchdowns (2nd in the nation). The Huskies are coming off of two tough losses to Stanford and Oregon, but Sankey has been consistently leading the offense week in and week out. He’s been held under 100 yards just once, where he had only four carries and still managed 77 yards. Welcome to the top 5, Bishop.
4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:
I’d hate to beat the dead horse, but for those of you who have been following my rankings, I say every week that Johnny Football won’t win the trophy again. But, he keeps putting up the numbers, so he keeps showing up in my top 5. This week, Mr. Football completed 31-of-39 for 346 yards and an interception. He scored twice on the ground, running for 124 yards on 19 carries. Manziel keeps leading the Aggie offense to wins, and is consistently putting up the numbers to keep him in the Heisman conversation.
3. Jameis Winston, Florida State:
Famous Jameis is still at no. 3 this week thanks to Florida State’s bye week. Here’s why he’s in third place: 90-123, 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns, two interceptions. Oh, and did I mention he’s only a freshman? Look for Winston to really step up and make a run up the rankings later this season.
2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson:
Boyd’s numbers dropped this week against Boston College, but his potential and pure ability keep him at the no. 2 spot. Boyd completed 30-of-44 attempts for 344 yards and one touchdown passing. He added a score on the ground, his fifth rushing touchdown on the season. Boyd takes on the freshman phenom Jameis Winston (look up) next week, in a battle of my no. 2 and no. 3 players. The winner of that game could dictate some major movement in the rankings next week.
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon:
If Mariota isn’t your no. 1 for the Heisman, then you’re clearly not watching him at all. The sophomore Duck has yet to turn the ball over this year. No interception, no fumbles, just wins and touchdowns. Mariota led the Ducks to a convincing win against Washington this week, completing 24-of-31 passes for 366 yards and and three touchdowns. Did I mention he hasn’t turned the ball over yet? Mariota also added 88 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. I’m not sure if I’ve said this or not, but Mariota still hasn’t turned the ball over yet, at all, this year. His touchdown-to-interception ratio for the year is 25:0. Can we just give him the trophy now?
As always, if you don’t agree with my rankings feel free to comment and vote in the poll below and tell me who you think should be no. 1!